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Judaism

In the ever-expanding melting pot in which we live, we believe there is still much value in retaining ethnic identity as a way to preserve cultural diversity. Focusing on our family’s own rich heritage, we recognize the importance of supporting efforts that foster the continuity of a vibrant Jewish culture and that help people who are weakly engaged in Jewish life and the Jewish community strengthen their sense of meaning and connection in a way that’s comfortable for them.

The following list is a representation of recent grants and projects in the area of Judaism in which The Mayerson Family Foundations are involved. 

Access
This Mayerson Foundation operated program is often the first entry point into the Jewish community for the majority of today's Jewish young adults who are looking for an alternative to more traditional offerings.  Click here for a full program description. 

Fusion
This Foundation operated program is designed for families, or couples in committed relationships, in which at least one person recently converted to Judaism, is Jewish and in a relationship with someone considering his or her options for becoming Jewish, or is happy with his or her own religion.  Click here for a full program description. 

Jewish Family Service
In response to the agency’s desire to reinvent itself after nearly 50 years, the Foundation funded a comprehensive strategic planning process to help develop new models for providing vital services and support to individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati. Special emphasis was placed on a complete re-visioning of its Adoption Connection department, helping to take it from a program that has depended heavily upon community and agency resources, to one that will generate ongoing revenue for JFS, and better serve its target audience

Jewish Federation of Cincinnati - Annual Campaign
The Foundation allocates funds annually to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati to support this organization's work in the Cincinnati community as well as abroad. The Foundation is a member of the King David Club and the President’s Club of the Bonds for Israel.

Jewish Federation of Cincinnati - Jewish Community Survey
The Mayerson Foundation collaborated with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, to commission a community survey to help identify critical needs and trends, set policies and priorities, and provide important demographic data on the Greater Cincinnati Jewish community.

Jewish Funds for Justice
The Jewish Funds for Justice is a national public foundation guided by Jewish history and tradition. JFSJ helps people in the United States achieve social and economic security and opportunity by investing in healthy neighborhoods, vibrant Jewish communities, and skillful leaders. Their holistic approach to social change includes grantmaking and loans, service learning, leadership development, organizing, education, and advocacy.  In 2007 The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation provided support for college service learning trips to New Orleans to participate in reconstruction efforts resulting from Hurricane Katrina.


The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Jewish Community Center's ShalomNet/Shalom Phone
The Foundation’s grant made it possible for the JCC to install a computer lab and offer email and internet instruction in English and Russian, enabling hundreds of senior adults each year to communicate with friends and family, and tap into the world around them. In addition, the Shalom Phone program was recently added to help homebound seniors stay safe and connected, and continue living independently. Calls are made by senior volunteers from the JCC’s Call Center on a daily basis, and while the primary purpose of this initiative is to check on the well-being of the community’s most at risk members, many wonderful friendships have been formed between the “callers” and the “callees” along the way

The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Jewish Community Center on The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Campus
After nearly a decade without a permanent Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati, the Mayerson Foundation made a lead gift to a community capital campaign to construct The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson JCC, a $43 million state of the art facility, which houses a full service fitness center and running track, indoor water park, outdoor lap pool, gymnasium, preschool, 800 seat theater and more.

Shalom Family
This Foundation operated program is geared for young families who are either weakly engaged in Jewish life, or weakly connected to the Jewish community.  Click here for a full program description.

Tufts Hillel
Tufts Hillel actively seeks to engage Jewish students on their own terms. Students are empowered to take responsibility for their Jewish identity, whether they wish to participate in a community service project, express themselves artistically, participate in a social event, engage in informal Jewish learning or attend religious services. Hillel is committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements.  The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation provided support for programs in Social Justice and Vitality. 

United Jewish Cemeteries
There are 26 individual Jewish cemeteries in Greater Cincinnati, many of which are the only markers of neighborhoods where Jews once resided over the past two centuries. The Foundation made a gift to help perpetuate the care for all the active and historical Jewish cemeteries in the Greater Cincinnati area under the operation of a professionally run entity benefiting the entire Jewish community.



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